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by George Malik on 02/04/13 at 12:25 PM ET
Updated 4x with Helm news at 3:03 PM: MLve's Ansar Khan provides more bad news in the Red Wings' injury department:
Ditto for the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
This news sucks, too:
Update: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms:
Update #2: Here's what Smith had to say about his shoulder injury to the Detroit Free Press's George Sipple...
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith said he will miss 3-4 weeks with a “normal AC sprain” in his right shoulder.
Smith was injured in the first period of Saturday’s game at Columbus when he was hit by forward Derek Mackenzie.
“I was in the corner and I think Mackenzie came to hit me and I dropped my shoulder,” Smith said. “I didn’t fall, it didn’t really hurt right away. Next thing I was skating out to the blue line and shoulder felt a little weird.”
Smith said the rash of injuries that have hit the Wings’ defensemen is just bad luck.
“It’s unbelievable how the injury bug seems to be hitting the D-side,” Smith said. “In my case for sure, I don’t even know how it happened. Guy came to hit me, and he was the one that I think actually fell. I couldn’t believe it actually happened.”
And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
The news on Brendan Smith isn’t as good as originally. Smith suffered an AC joint sprain in his shoulder Saturday night in Columbus and said he could be out 3-4 weeks.
“Just bad luck, I mean any injury everybody says bad luck, but it’s unbelievable how it seems to be hitting the D side,” Smith said Monday at Joe Louis Arena. “It is bad luck, and in my case, for sure, I don’t even know how it even happened. He came and hit and he was the one who actually fell or whatever. I couldn’t believe that it actually happened, but these things happen. Just have to get better about it.”
Smith, Niklas Kronwall and Kyle Quincey were the only three defensemen to play every game thus far.
“That is frustrating, I mean, playing well and playing lots of minutes than going to not playing at all is very frustrating,” Smith said. “I mean being injured sucks to begin with, but just playing pretty well with lots of minutes than going to playing none is frustrating.”
Smith has just one assist on the season.
“He’s a good player, he moves the puck on the back end,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We don’t have a lot of those type of guys. That’s life, someone else gets a chance. I just told (Brian Lashoff) two days ago he was going to Grand Rapids. Just shows you I lied to him. The truth in our game today and the truth tomorrow are different. Lash was on his way back but now he’s staying.”
Update #3: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's story about Smith:
Smith was injured during the first period in Saturday's 4-2 loss at Columbus, on a routine check from Derek MacKenzie in the corner.
“I dropped my shoulder and next thing I know – I didn’t fall and it didn’t hurt right away – I was skating out to the blue line and shoulder kind of felt weird,'' Smith said. “I don’t even know how it even happened. He came and hit me and he was the one who actually fell. I couldn’t believe that it actually happened. It wasn’t like it was a dirty hit or anything. Just a fluky, weird incident.''
He won't need surgery, only rest. Smith has a plus-4 rating in eight games, tops among the team's defensemen. He was averaging 19:16 in time ice and was logging minutes on the second power-play unit and killing penalties.
“Playing well and playing lots of minutes and then going to not playing at all is very frustrating,'' Smith said. “I mean being injured sucks to begin with.''
Smith said he has never hurt his right shoulder.
“I have pretty good range of motion, which I think is the upside,'' Smith said. “But like I said, you never really know with these sprains, so you kind of have to wait until you have full mobility and it’s strong enough to go.”
Smith is the fifth Red Wings defenseman to be injured this season, joining Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Ian White (leg laceration), Jakub KIndl (groin) and Jonathan Ericsson (hip, shoulder). Ericsson and Kindl are back. White said he hopes to return for Tuesday's game against Calgary. Colaiacovo has skated on his own, not yet with the team, and remains at least two weeks away.
Update #4: MLive's Khan offers a Helm update as well:
Darren Helm's ailing back isn't getting any better, so he will have further tests to try to determine the issue.
“I think we got a bone scan coming up pretty soon,'' Helm said Monday. "I think we're going to do it today or tomorrow morning, just to see if there's anything structural.''
An MRI last Monday revealed no structural damage, but the pain hasn't subsided. Helm hasn't been on the ice since leaving midway through practice on Jan. 26.
“I was pretty upset the first time it happened, but trying to stay positive, that's all I can do,'' Helm said.
Helm missed all of training camp after tweaking his back while lifting weights on Jan. 10. He played one game, Jan. 25 vs. Minnesota, before experiencing a setback.
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